Tuesday, January 31, 2023

UN Personnel’s Pic With Taliban Flag Draws Criticism. An Apology Follows



Photographs of some UN safety personnel in entrance of the Taliban flag drew criticism.

United Nations:

The UN has apologised for “a big lapse in judgement” after pictures surfaced of a few of its personnel in entrance of a Taliban flag in Afghanistan throughout a go to by deputy Secretary-Normal Amina Mohammed this week to the war-torn nation when she met the de facto authorities and expressed alarm over girls’s rights violations.

Ms Mohammed, the highest-ranking girl within the United Nations, together with Govt Director of UN Girls Sima Bahous and Assistant Secretary-Normal of the Division of Political, Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations Khaled Khiari accomplished a four-day go to to Afghanistan on Friday.

In the course of the go to, the delegation met Taliban leaders in Kabul and Kandahar and conveyed their alarm over the latest restrictions on training and work of girls and ladies throughout the nation.

Nonetheless, as Ms Mohammed was assembly the group’s leaders, pictures of some UN safety personnel in entrance of the Taliban flag drew criticism.

“That photograph ought to by no means have been taken. It clearly reveals a big lapse in judgment. It was a mistake and we apologise for it. And by way of that, I consider the supervisor for these officers has spoken to them on this,” Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres, informed reporters right here Friday when questioned concerning the go to and the pictures.

Haq stated the {photograph} was taken whereas the Deputy Secretary-Normal was assembly the de facto leaders in Afghanistan. Her safety had taken her to that assembly and have been ready subsequent door, he stated.

In a submit on Twitter, Head of International Relations for the Nationwide Resistance Entrance of Afghanistan Ali Maisam Nazary stated the “@UN personnel in Kabul taking a photograph w/a terrorist group’s flag brings the United Nation’s impartiality & integrity into query.”

“We kindly ask @antonioguterres to research this matter & for @UNAMAnews to forestall such insensitive actions that may tarnish its popularity,” Nazary stated in a reference to the United Nations Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Nazary additionally posted two pictures exhibiting the UN personnel standing in entrance of the Taliban flag.

Main the high-level UN delegation on behalf of the Secretary-Normal, Ms Mohammed conveyed issues over the Taliban’s latest decree banning girls from working for nationwide and worldwide non-governmental organisations, a transfer the UN stated undermines the work of quite a few organisations serving to tens of millions of weak Afghans.

“My message was very clear: whereas we recognise the essential exemptions made, these restrictions current Afghan girls and ladies with a future that confines them in their very own houses, violating their rights and depriving the communities of their companies,” Ms Mohammed stated.

“Our collective ambition is for a affluent Afghanistan that’s at peace with itself and its neighbours, and on a path to sustainable growth. However proper now, Afghanistan is isolating itself, within the midst of a horrible humanitarian disaster and some of the weak nations on earth to local weather change,” she stated.

“We should do every thing we will to bridge this hole.”

The Taliban have issued an order to shut universities to feminine college students throughout the nation till additional discover, barred ladies from attending secondary college, restricted girls and ladies’ freedom of motion, excluded girls from most areas of the workforce and banned girls from utilizing parks, gyms and public bathtub homes.

Ms Mohammed and Ms Bahous additionally met with affected communities, humanitarian employees, civil society and different key actors, in Kabul, Kandahar and Herat.

“What is occurring in Afghanistan is a grave girls’s rights disaster and a wake-up name for the worldwide group. It reveals how shortly many years of progress on girls’s rights will be reversed in a matter of days,” Ms Bahous stated, expressing UN Girls’s solidarity with Afghan girls and ladies and vowing to proceed amplifying their voices to regain all their rights.

“We’ve witnessed extraordinary resilience. Afghan girls left us little question of their braveness and refusal to be erased from public life. They may proceed to advocate and combat for his or her rights, and we’re obligation sure to help them in doing so,” Ms Bahous stated.

In a press launch issued right here, the UN stated it and its companions, together with nationwide and worldwide non-governmental organisations, are serving to greater than 25 million Afghans who rely on humanitarian support to outlive, and stay dedicated to staying and delivering.

The UN stated that the newest decrees issued by the Taliban banning girls from working for NGOs has compelled many companions to pause operations that may not be safely and meaningfully delivered.

Whereas the latest exemptions to the ban launched by the de facto authorities are opening areas for humanitarians to proceed – and in some circumstances resume – operations, these stay restricted to few sectors and actions, the UN stated.

“The efficient supply of humanitarian help relies on rules that require full, protected and unhindered entry for all support employees, together with girls,” Ms Mohammed stated.

The go to by the highest UN leaders to Afghanistan adopted a collection of high-level consultations on Afghanistan throughout the Gulf and Asia. The delegation met with the management of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Islamic Improvement Financial institution, teams of Afghan girls in Ankara and Islamabad and a bunch of Ambassadors and Particular Envoys to Afghanistan based mostly in Doha.

The delegation convened with authorities leaders from the area and non secular leaders to advocate for the essential function and full participation of girls and rally help for the Afghan individuals, the discharge stated.

It added that all through the visits, nations and companions recognised the essential function of the UN in constructing bridges to discovering lasting options, in addition to the urgency to ship lifesaving help and keep efficient engagement, led by the United Nations Help Mission in Afghanistan.

They requested that efforts be intensified to mirror the urgency of the scenario and harassed the significance of a unified response by the worldwide group. The necessity for a revitalised and real looking political pathway was constantly highlighted and all remained agency on the elemental rules, together with girls’s and ladies’ rights to training, work and public life in Afghanistan.

There was broad consensus that the area and the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation’s management on these points was essential. The proposal of a world convention on girls and ladies within the Muslim World throughout the month of March 2023 was additionally thought of and agreed in precept, the discharge stated.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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